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Cliff Jennings, the joker is back!

2007-10-12 15:47

We know him as the never-say-die Idols contestant, who turned out to be an advertising agency fake. Jennings, a serious boy with a sad face and a lackey in tow to film his every move, pitched up at almost every Idols audition, insisting he should be in the Top 100. But just when we started taking interest in his antics, the wannabe bubble burst. Jennings was exposed as a phony. Turned out Mnet’s marketing team together with Oglivy JHB hired Jennings to audition. The trick was to use Cliff to create word-of-mouth advertising for the Idols competition on websites like MySpace and Facebook.

The sweet smile, the pitiful demeanor, Benji the lackey, the CD he gave the judges with the ridiculous booklet that folded out into a giant porno poster of himself holding his guitar… it was all part of the ‘elaborate’ scam. Or so we thought until we got hold of a new piece of evidence. The CD. It does actually exist. And it’s true. Cliff Jennings can’t sing. We got hold of six of the songs that must have been on that CD he casually handed to the judges. Curious? Of course you are.

The six songs ‘Cliff Jennings’ recorded

Nubian Princess
‘Your skin like rich creamy cocoa / When you smile my heart says oh-oh / Butterfly kisses and Christmas time wishes / Small fluffy kittens and warm winter mittens...’ Ah, the infamous song Jennings performed at his auditions. Yep, the lyrics are the best thing about this track.

In this whiny love song that ends in a marriage proposal, he amateurishly mimics 70s rock and at the same time tries to channel Roy Orbison and Chris de Burgh. If not for this, listen to the song for the Elton John inspired piano moments.

This one really pomps it. Hard, fast, old-skool rave vibes. This tune is his secret weapon. If he doesn’t make it in the mainstream market, he’s going to take it to the boere-techno masses, it’s pure sokkie rave, he’s bound to succeed.

A soppy Casio keyboard classic, which kicks off with whistling that sounds like it’s straight out of a Lassie movie. ‘Benji’ is a dedication not to his pet dog, but to the lackey friend with the camera, whose name is Benji. ‘I’m the strawberries and he’s the cream…’ he whimpers.

In a Frank Sinatra mock voice he croons ‘give me the vote’ accompanied by back-up singers, who are probably wearing suits. And while he swings, he sings about the judges, his dream and all things Idols.

Living the Dream
With Tears for Fears as the back-up band, this one will take you back. A slow-dance early 90s rock classic, with inspiring lyrics and haunting chorus complete with electric lead guitar solos and piercing vocals.

- Annél Malan

The Idols judges told Cliff Jennings he can’t sing. He ignored them. Jennings has now released six of his songs. Can he sing? Tune in and be the judge. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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